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>> good evening. we have a very special martin luther king, jr. edition of 9 news now. first a quick look at the stories making the news.
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there is snow and sleet on the way bearing down on us even as we speak. anny hong is here with the latest forecast. >> we look at the live doppler h.d. where a d.c. drive for the moment but around leesburg, winchester, harrisburg along the interstate to 81, seeing return of light snow. the air is quite dry. in eastton out toward the bay and shore, mixed. a mixed bag of precip. here's a look at the weather computer. this whole area in purple, which includes the district, culpepper, this starts at 10:00 tonight and goes into noon tomorrow afternoon.
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our fair enough cast it will stick around a couple of hours. including the district and the mother area, we'll probably see this trend continue overnight and not change to rain after midnight like we were initially thinking. then you can see to the east of us, we've got the green. this is where we're going to see the rain. not to worry about that. the areas in the yellow are moderate amounts of rain. also snow out to the west and cumberland and petersburg, one to three inches of snow. not a whole lot but we're worried about icy commutes for tomorrow morning. there could be school delays for most areas. and then you can see we clear out a little bit, and again tuesday night into wednesday morning, we're looking at more rain coming this way. our ice and sleet accumulations, the area in fuchsia. take a look. about 2/10ths. we understood this a little bit for the last hour for the washington, d.c. around 2/10ths for culpepper and maybe in some locations a quarter of an inch. won't take a lot to make the roads slip.
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tuesday morning a mix mainly to the north and west. freezing rain and sleet, black ice a possibility. watch out for that. temperatures 28 to 32 degrees. by the afternoon the mix changing to cold rain because we will be above freezing, around 40. the next few days, we'll talk about that mixed bag of precip through tomorrow, possible wednesday, see morning showers and then we'll see dry conditions, high of 45 thursday when we dry under 40 degrees. here's your seven-day outlook. friday is our next chance for a coastal storm that could bring us snow. highs only in the mid-30s. by saturday, low 30s. so tomorrow morning, derrick, be very careful. >> thank you, annie. now, on to the latest on arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords. the latest medical update from her doctor is pretty encouraging. they say she continues to make miraculous progress. they say she could leave the hospital for rehab in a matter of weeks or perhaps even days. >> full functional recovery is possible. i'm not going to promise it. she certainly can't promise it, but i think if she works hard,
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i think it's possible. >> giffords husband says over the weekend she smiled and even gave him a back rub from her hospital bed. sergeant shriver is in the hospital tonight and is in critical condition. the 95-year-old husband of the late eunice kennedy shriver was admitted yesterday to union hospital in bethesda. it was not explained why. he announced in 2003 he had alzheimer's. today is the 25th anniversary of the martin luther king, jr. birthday who would. we've got a special edition of 9 news now for you tonight dedicated to remembering the dream. we'll take a look at specialtributes that people turned a day off into a day of service. we'll also be joined by a special guest, such as a woman at dr. king's original march on washington. plus we'll review the new memorial set to open this summer on the national mall. people all over the world spent the day remembering and
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honoring the life of the late dr. king. this morning in his hometown of atlanta, family members laid wreaths at the tomb of dr. king and his widow, and his son delivered the keynote address during the annual commemorative service at ebenezer baptist church. >> we're reminded of the words, don't just have a picnic and a parade and eat good food, watch tv and movies and be glad you ain't got to go to work and not reflect on what he stood up for and died for. [ applause ] >> practice his ideals every minute and every day. >> dr. king preached at ebenezer baptist from 1960 until he was assassinated in 1968. this past saturday, dr. king would have been 82 years old. president obama echoed dr. king's son's message and urged americans to roll up their sleeves in hon author of the slain civil rights leader. the first family pitched in as well. the president said king's
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legacy is about service and he asked people to get out into their communities. >> dr. king obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society, but he also had a dream of service, that you could be a drum major for service. michelle and i and the girls are extraordinarily proud each year on dr. king's birthday this is how we celebrate, making sure we give a little something back. >> the president added that spending the holiday doing volunteer work carried special importance in the wake of the tucson shooting, reminding us all of what this country's all about. all across the d.c. area, people heeded the president's call to action. down in southeast d.c., more than 500 students and staff from george washington university arrived at a high school to give back. those volunteers were painting walls, cleaning rooms and helping to spruce up the school, all in the name of dr. king. >> dr. king is watching me, because he's done not only a
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lot for african-americans, but a lot to prove equality for all people. >> they want to be part of making a difference in the world. this is one of the ways we do that. >> the volunteers also came together at kramer middle school in southeast. local residents and community leaders were painting inspirational murals, building bookshelves, garden boxes and assembling emergency kits for the homeless. still to come on remembering the dream, on the day we honor dr. king's legacy what a new economic study has to say about the streets that bear the civil rights leader's name. more than 37 years ago he led more than 300,000 people on the march in washington. we'll be voind by a woman that was there that heard the historic i have a dream speech in person.
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>> i am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. >> welcome back to remembering the dream. now, our coverage goes way beyond tonight's show. we launched a special remember the dream at our website. it's up right now at wusa9.com. once you are there you'll find stories, slide shows dedicated to dr. king and the civil rights movement. there's even a list of events. be sure to join the drfertion in the blogs. if you have a story about remembering the dream, fill out the form on the page and let us know about it. on our facebook page, many of you told us what dr. king's life and teachings meant to you. one says dr. king's life and teachings means i can honestly
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tell my 13-year-old twin boys that they can accomplish and become whatever they set their minds and abilities to. it is no longer a farfetched dream for a black man to be u.s. president. dr. king's dream has been realized, but we have a ways to go for it to be fulfilled. and bridge jet haded, way back then dr. king taught us physical violence is not acceptable. man, how that relates to everyone directly just within this week. still to come on our remembering the dream edition of 9 news now, a memorial fit for a king. we'll show you a peek at the new normal for martin luther king, jr. and we'll be joined by the man helping to make it happen. up next, back in 1963, dr. king led more than 300,000 in that march on washington. a firsthand account of that day from a d.c. woman down on the national mall on that day when we come back.
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>> i have a dream. [ applause ] >> that my four little children one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. [ applause ] >> and joining us today is ms. strouder. she is 98 years old. she is not very famous but is very special.
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she was one of the regular folks actually a part of the 1963 march on washington. she heard the big speeches, including dr. king's. we are very, very fortunate to have her with us. thanks so much for coming in. >> thank you. >> take us back to that day, 1963. everybody's gathering, folks are coming in by bus and however else they can get here. give us a sense of the excitement of that day. >> we wanted to, my husband and i wanted to see that our daughters especially were able to go to the march, because we wanted them to see firsthand what was happening, and what was happening with dr. king. and when we got down there, it was so exciting to see how everyone, there was a feeling of love that you felt when you got to the area. >> was it a surprise, because i know washington had never seen a march like this before.
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there must have been dire predictions about everything that could go wrong. >> absolutely. and my impression of washington, having come from the middle west, i expected some not so pleasant experiences among the whites, but they were so pleasant, everybody. if they bumped into you, they said excuse me. and there was just a feeling of we're all one big family. >> now, when you went through that experience, when it came time for dr. king to give his speech, was there a sense of anticipation? because i know it had been a long day. people were tired. >> oh, yeah, we were tired, but you became rejuvenated. when you just heard the first words of his speech, you just came alive, because it meant so much to you, what he was saying. >> and you knew who he was and all his history was apparent by that time. >> absolutely. absolutely. >> when you heard the speech, when you went away from it, did
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you think you had heard something historic, that you had been on hand for something really special? >> oh, you knew. you knew you had been on hand for something that was making history. you knew it. >> how did you know? >> you just felt it in the air. it was just something even my daughters said they felt it, and they were just very, very young, teenagers. but they wouldn't have missed it for the world. >> yeah, so you were really, really glad you took them. >> i was so glad they were there to experience it. >> yeah. yeah. thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. we really appreciate it. it's been great. >> okay. >> all right. >> as we know, in communities all across this country, thorough fairs named for dr.-- thoroughfares named for dr. king. our own reporter dr. scott broom takes a look at the economic study painting a clearer picture of what's in a name for streets honoring king everywhere. >> reporter: in southeast
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washington, the former nichols avenue was among the first in the country to be renamed martin luther king, jr. avenue in the mid-1970's. a thoroughfare where some things have changed dramatically and some things have not. now a new study from the university of north texas finds common denominators like this across the nation. 730 thoroughfares named for king in the u.s. 80% of them are in southern states running through predominantly african- american neighborhoods with average per family income $6,000 less than similar neighborhoods. >> for comedian chris rock, the irony can't be passed up. >> it ain't the safest place to be. you can't call a white and they'll him you're lost on mlk. >> one. >> reporter: not funny to denise, who's late stepmother was the city council member who worked hardest to change the name in washington.
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>> these corridors that have the fortunate opportunity to be named after dr. king are now in communities that i think he fought for the hardest. >> reporter: in washington, the new challenge for the mlk corridor is how to harness new economic opportunity without leaving the surrounding neighborhood behind. one example, the reopening today of the renovated congress heights school. >> the renovation of the school represents more than you can imagine for this neighborhood. >> reporter: denise ray is executive director of an organization called great streets. >> it's designed to stimulate economic development. >> reporter: here in washington, this is one thoroughfare named for king aiming to be a model for the rest. in southeast, scott broom, 9 news now. >> earlier this morning, out on martin luther king, jr. avenue, hundreds of people honored the memory of dr. king by marching in the annual peace walk. the walk began after the annual martin luther king, jr. parade was suspended in 2007. however, this this will be the last week for the peace walk.
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next year, the annual parade is reinstated. joining us now, barry le nor, president of the united black fund and organizer of today's peace walk. i have to ask you what the level of violence we've seen around here, doesn't seem like the best idea to end the peace walk. >> it's not going to end it but enlarge it and make it a parade. historically, this walk in northeast washington, d.c. was one of the first celebrations of martin luther king, jr. after his death. that's a history that goes back to the 1970s. and at one time it was a full- fledged parade and kids all over the city and area were tied into it and enthusiastic and getting ready for it. several years ago it shifted to april shall the parade did, but the people decided they wanted to do something to continue to honor martin luther king, jr. in this day with so much violence, there's a need to continue to talk about the theme of peace. today, over 1,000 people came out to celebrate the idea of peace, to join together, kids from all over the area, college students, high school students,
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everyone came out. and the theme of peace is so tied to martin luther king, jr.'s whole effort that we're going to continue that next year, only enlarge it. >> interestingly, you keep talking about the theme of peace. 82nd birthday for dr. king this past saturday. thousand do you think we would assess the nature of peace in this town if he was here to talk about it. >> we talked about that today. we asked ourselves if he came back, what would he say to us? and in one sense, we think he would say maybe my dream is, there are nightmares around in our communities. when you look at the homicide rate affecting african- americans so high, the incarceration rate, the dropout rate, the condition of health, unemployment, all of these things are statistical nightmares, but i don't think he would condemn us. i think what he would say is we shall overcome. everything in his life was a career of service and work to overcome problems. and he would tell us to keep going and keep working to overcome it. >> part of the problem seems to be an argument ever what ought to be done.
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some says we need more government. others say too much government is the problem. >> government has to affect the least of these. he stood for the government playing a role in helping people up, giving them a lift. not propping them up but helping them up. that's what the united black fund believes in. they did arise out of the calvin rollark and others set up the united black fund coming out of the poor people's campaign. our history directly tied to the efforts of martin luther king, jr. we would say let's keep going. let's keep trying. government has a role to play. we know you can't just build buildings. you have to have programs. what kids do after school and on weekends is critical to what they're going to be. that's where we need the greatest help. >> we appreciate your time this evening. >> thank you. >> thank you so much for coming in. up next on remembering the dream, more than two decades after the idea first came about, a national memorial for dr. martin luther king, jr. is now just short of being a
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reality. we'll show you a sneak peek and talk with the man making it happen. stay with us.
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more than 40 years after he was assassinated, members of dr. king's family will dedicate a new memorial to him in
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august. the 120 million dollar project will feature a 28-foot sculpture of the civil rights leader. it all is scheduled to open august 28, the anniversary of the historic i have a dream speech. joining me now, heir remember johnson -- harry johnson, president and ceo of the martin luther king, jr. memorial project. thanks for coming in. i have to ask you. you're 75% done but need $11 million bucks to get it done. you already scheduled the grand opening. how do you know you'll be able to make that. >> i know we have the money. the problem is it's in your pockets. we need you all to let the money go and let's build the memorial. >> let's say enough money doesn't come in because you had hopped to open the memorial sometime before now. >> without question, i think we're there. we just need everyone to join forces and say we want to build this memorial. when we talk about who should pay for the memorial, it should
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be anyone who ever benefited from anyone dr. king said and did. that's everybody. >> let's throw this out there. he will be the first nonpresident to have a memorial on the mall. some will say the mall is just for presidents. make the case. >> it's for people who have ideals to set america apart. johnson's ideal. lincoln's ideal of healing the country once the civil war was together. >> you have put in this mall, not you personal l but the memorial will have 15 quotes carved into marble. how did you pick those? >> we had a couple of historians, henry lewis gates, myra angelou and others came up with quotes. they said these are words that really are living words that people should live by with dr. king. >> a lot of young people have never seen him in person. they were dead. he was dead before they were
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born. what do they take away when they come see this memorial. >> a message of dr. king's profound words that as are relevant today as they were 30, 40, 50 years ago. we would have to look back forward this past week the violence we had, that we should be able to live in peace and harmony or if we disagree, disagree but not be disagreeable. >> thank you so much. we appreciate your time today as we appreciate everyone else. again and that is our broadcast. i'll be right back here tonight at 11:00 with anita brikman. don't forget, log on any time to wusa9.com. we'll see you a bit later in the evening. bye-bye.
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